Theme: Internet Problems in Africa & the Middle East

Africa has made considerable gains with regards to the Internet in the last decades. It’s Internet penetration grew by more than 400%; its international bandwidth has been multiplied by 20 just in just 5 years between 2009 and 2014; during the same period Africa’s terrestrial backbone has doubled (Internet Society, Internet Development and Internet Governance in Africa, 2015). This achievement required considerable private and public investment and brought hope for Africans, particularly its youth.

However, all these hopes might be dashed by the increasing number of Internet shutdowns in Africa and the developing world in general. Just in 2016, there were at least 56 shutdowns of the Internet around the world, most of them in developing countries. These shutdowns affect individuals and organizations that depend on the Internet for their daily lives. At the “Keep it on” workshop in Nairobi at the African Internet Summit, around 30 young participants listed the reasons why no one should shut down the Internet and there were many

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Job title breakdown
Public sector Private sector
Government ministers
Under ministers
Regulators
Senior civil servants
State ministers
Presidents
Chief executive officers
Directors
Finance directors
Regional directors
Organisational breakdown
Network Operators
Ministries of Communications and advisers
Regulatory authorities and advisers
Manufacturers
Service providers
Major corporations in the region
Global telcos
Multinational corporations
Geographical breakdown
Algeria

Angola

Benin Botswana

Burkina Faso

Burundi

Cameroon

Cape Verde

Central African

Republic

Chad

Comoros

Côte d’Ivoire

Djibouti

Egypt

Equatorial Guinea

Eritrea

Ethiopia

Gabon

Gambia

Ghana

Guinea

Guinea-Bissau

Iran

Iraq

Israel

Jordan

Kenya

Lesotho

Liberia

Libya

Madagascar

Malawi

 

Mali

Mauritania

Mauritius

Morocco

Mozambique

Namibia

Niger

Nigeria

Oman

Palestine

Qatar

Republic of the Congo

Rwanda

Sao Tome & Principe

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Seychelles

Sierra Leone

Somalia

South Africa

Sudan

South Sudan

Swaziland

Syria

Tanzania

Togo

Tunisia

Turkey

UAE

Uganda

Western Sahara

Zambia

Zimbabwe